Remembering the Theatrical Work of the Multi-Talented Mike Nichols
Remembering Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols and Elaine May performing with Compass Players, 1950s. The Chicago-based improvisational troupe eventually fed members into what became Second City.
Mike Nichols in performance of Jean Cocteau’s The Typewriter, 1953.
By 1957, he and Elaine May had teamed up and began touring the nation with an act of partly improvised, satiric sketches that had them inhabiting many characters. They reached Broadway in 1960 with An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Editor Sam O'Steen and Mike Nichols working on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1965
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in the film adaptation of "Barefoot in the Park"
Mike Nichols (left) on the set of "The Graduate," 1967.
At one point in early 1967, Nichols had four hit productions running on Broadway—Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple (pictured here), Murray Schisgal's Luv and the musical The Apple Tree. He won directing Tonys for all but the last.
Barbara Harris in The Apple Tree
Nichols ended the decade staging a revival of The Little Foxes (pictured) at Lincoln Center and Neil Simon's Plaza Suite.